2013 Yalumba The Menzies Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon
Cracka Value Rating
RRP $69.99 per bottle
Our Price $51.99
$311.94 (6 x 750ml)
It’s a firm, formidable, structured, detailed wine of brooding intensity and concentration, set to medium bodied, dusted with earth, strewn with crushed eucalyptus, drenched in decadent cassis. It’s pulses through the palate with brooding dark fruit intensity, rippling with herbal, chewy tannins that rope and weave through the wine to its very long puckering finish. There’s a softness too, wine pools in the palate and gets tugged away. Lovely wine, even though its been an epoch for me.2016 - 2038
Yalumba has honed in on the detail of its Coonawarra vineyards, with every section of each vineyard treated differently according to soil type and depth. The result is the most precise wines ever produced by the estate. This is a Menzies that provides both crunch and concentration, structure and restraint, purity and profound persistence.2018-2028Wine Taste - Edition 42
A step in the swanky direction here. Dark chocolate and lovely, toasty, cedary oak, plenty of spice, all beautifully integrated with mixed leaves, cassis and rich, dark berries. The palate s beautifully crafted, really sings and builds weight, pace and shape through towards the finish. Dark-purple stone fruits and berries, long tannins and plenty in the tank. Cellar with confidence.2016Good Wine Guide
A show-and-tell-tour of Yalumba’s fanatical vineyard monitoring and testing regime last week explained this wine’s ascension to the gods in 2007. A remarkable result for a tough drought year, it sings with fresh, focused red- and blackcurrants, cigar box and textural tannin finesse.2017 - 2025Wine Taste - Edition 22
The big gun in Yalumba's Coonawarra arsenal, this shows the same regal, poised fragrance with cedary, earthy nuances, black olive and dark cherry, cassis and fresh berries. Terrific intensity on the palate with a swathe of tannin pushing strong through the middle, some gently spicy oak sweetness too, but it rides on fresh, pristine and focused cassis flavour, finishing with verve and drive.The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
A stylish Coonawarra cabernet with some finesse. Scented with a fresh, sweet perfume of small red and black berries backed by lightly smoky cedar/vanilla oak and dusty nuances of dried herbs, it's fresh and pristine, presenting true elegance and balance. Long and supple, its pristine palate of vibrant fruit and tight-knit oak are supported by a firmish but pliant spine of chalky tannin, finishing with pleasing focus and a hit of cooked cranberry.Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
A deep and concentrated bouquet of ripe cassis fruit, earth, violets, a touch of mint and well-handled spicy oak; the palate is multi-layered, with great depth and precision; violets keep making their presence felt; the tannins are plentiful, but quite silky on the finish.Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Fragrant and fresh with a mix of bright small berry fruits and black cherries, dark chocolate, aniseed and mint with classy cedar oak (although it shows a tweak of vanilla nougat too, which settles down pretty quickly). It's lively and long with persistent but fine grained tannins and excellent flavour. With minor reservations about the level of acidity, the overall impression is one of balance and sophistication - a classic Coonawarra Cabernet.www.winefront.com.au, 2009 2009
The Menzies Coonawarra vineyard has been in Yalumba hands since 1993, and it's always produced wines full of herbal, dusty flavours. It's never been one of my favourites. The 2005 marks a new era for this vineyard and label. 2005 RELEASE Yalumba see this wine as the future of Menzies, and boy I hope they're right. It's curranty, mulberried, straight and long - archetypal line-and-length red wine - with minty tannins and real length. Huge cellaring potential. Great varietal purity, and yet greatly elegant, DRINK 2014-2022.The Big Red Wine Book 2008
Full depth in colour with a plum red hue. The bouquet leads with violet and lilac floral notes to the tangy counterpoint of seaspray and pepper. The palate is rich and powerful; red fruits and dark chocolate on a robust tannin framework. The finish is long, complex and well worth contemplating. A char-grilled rib-eye on the bone is an excellent food accompaniment.
Enjoy now or will cellar well for between twelve to fifteen years. Vegan friendly.